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Senior-Focused Exercising Parks

This Senior Exercise Park Was the Result of Community Engagement

— July 30, 2020 — Life-Stages
Last year, on July 7th, the senior exercising park at Godstone Park in Toronto opened for operation. Located in the city's North York neighborhood, just east of the Peanut Plaza, the initiative was the result of a pilot project and community engagement. The City of Toronto asked residents to come up with community improvement ideas, compiled the most viable ones, and allowed individuals in the area to vote for them during a participatory budgeting process. This eventually resulted in the development of the senior-focused exercising park, hinting at a particular generational demand.

The playground is the perfect space for individuals to socialize and get moving. It also allows for the senior community to feel more included in the grander scheme of urban planning.

Image Credit: Dan Pearce/Torstar
Trend Themes
1. Community-engaged Initiatives - Opportunities for businesses to involve the community in decision-making processes and develop projects based on their input.
2. Senior-focused Infrastructure - Emerging market for businesses to create specialized spaces and facilities catering to the needs and preferences of senior citizens.
3. Participatory Budgeting - Innovation potential to implement participatory budgeting processes in various sectors, empowering communities to have a say in how public funds are allocated.
Industry Implications
1. Urban Planning - Opportunities for urban planning firms to incorporate senior-focused infrastructure into their designs and create inclusive spaces for different age groups.
2. Fitness and Wellness - Potential for fitness centers and wellness programs to develop specialized offerings and facilities targeting the senior population.
3. Community Engagement - Growth potential for businesses specializing in community engagement services, providing consultation and facilitation of participatory processes in various sectors.
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